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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 31, 2011 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Red Rocks September 1983

Many folks here at the IA are harsh on Grateful Dead performances in the 1980's.

Red Rocks is a sacred space. The Dead were rained out in 1981 in spite of the competent McNichols performances.

1981 also delivered many competent shows from the Uptown Theater Chicago, St. Paul Minn, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Seattle and New Years Eve, etc.

It also rained during the July 1982 Shows in what was universally considerd a somewhat lax year. Eventually in September 1983, the word around the campfire was that the band were eager to perform, and perform they did.

In the mezmerizing 09/06/83 second set opener Help > Slipknot Phil was bouncing his ultrasonic weapon low frequencies all over the Rocks in a display that would raise the dead.

09/08/83 was also a stellar performance as previously noted, the Shakedown> Ramblin Rose> Scarlet> Fire are keepers.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 31, 2011 10:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Red Rocks September 1983

Is '82 really considered more lax than other years in that era? Not being a musician, I tend to react intuitively (rather than knowledgeably, LOL), so I can't necessarily say when they're being "lax" or "mailing it in," but just tend to think in terms of whether a show works for me personally. Probably it's true that the early 80s as a whole were lax compared to other years; I'd agree they don't reach the super-stellar cosmic heights of earlier years as frequently or consistently throughout whole shows/tours.

Still, that '82 summer tour was pretty darned hot. Perhaps the best are 7/31, 8/3 and 8/10 ... I also like the Alpine Valleys (8/7 and 8/8) ... well, almost anything on that tour IMO! There are fine shows throughout '82, but there was something good going on during that summer tour in particular.

Don't tell me early '80s ain't got no heart
You just gotta poke around :-)

(I know you don't say that. Just a general thought.)